Brewers Beware: You May Be Liable for Customer Sexual Harassment

January 25th, 2016 • by Christopher Gegwich

Brewers Beware: You May Be Liable for Customer Sexual Harassment

• by Christopher Gegwich

It is not an uncommon occurrence. A customer or patron makes an inappropriate sexual comment to a server or, even worse, engages in some inappropriate touching. Whenever alcohol is involved—as is the case in most brewery-customer interactions—the risks of unfortunate patron conduct increase. While, as the employer, you may feel that such customer conduct may […]

Removing the Biology (and Pain) from Brewery Wastewater Treatment

January 15th, 2016 • by Jason Fox

Time and again, activated sludge systems—aerobic or anaerobic—have failed to effectively treat brewery wastewater. The challenge lies in the variability of effluent characteristics. It is this variability which upsets the organisms responsible for removing organics. While these systems can sometimes work well, organisms, like people, are sensitive creatures. And once they’re upset, it can take […]

Be Careful How You Use Social Media

January 11th, 2016 • by Jackie Sudano

Following on my last post, Five Trade Practice Tips and Traps, there was an update to the ABC law in the state of California that is worth noting, since it likely will affect a New York State brewery that intends to use social media in general, to have a website, and maybe to eventually distribute […]

New Regulations for Tipped Employees in the Hospitality Industry

January 4th, 2016 • by Chip Grieco and Riane Lafferty

On December 23, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor adopted new regulations for certain tipped employees in the hospitality industry. The new regulations raise the minimum wage for “food service workers” and “service employees” to $7.50 per hour (from $5.00 and $5.65, respectively) and reduce the maximum available “tip credit” for such employees […]